Upcoming events for Winter 2014 

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Eight Week Winter Session 2014

Free Introductory Session
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, 9 – 11 am

Weekly Workshops
January 27, 2014 – March 17, 2014
Mondays, 9 am – 11:30 am for 8 consecutive weeks

Special All-day Workshop/Retreat included
Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 9 am – 4 pm

All events to be held at the
Community Room, 170 University Drive, Amherst, Mass.

Click Here  for a printable MBSR flyer

Click Here  for a printable MBSR brochure

With MBSR training, we come to recognize our habitual patterns of thought and behavior, and naturally release those that do not serve us. Learn to live more fully in the present with numerous health benefits validated by medical research studies.

For more information, visit To register, visit or call (888) 554-4CDH (234)

To speak with the instructor, call Wendy at Health and Wellness Coaching, 413 687-5510.


Past Events

Please call Wendy 413 687-5510 regarding any the offerings below to find out when they may be offered again or to discuss planning a presentation with your organization.

Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster

One hour individual workshops given by Wendy Chabot, M.D. to prepare patients for surgery, using the methods developed by Peggy Huddleston and presented in her book and CD Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster.

One-hour workshop includes the book, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster and its companion Relaxation CD. Individual Workshop is $125. Workshop is given in person or by phone. A family member or friend may accompany you for free.

Please call Vineyard Mind-Body Medicine at 413 687-5510 for more information and to learn about these workshops available for larger groups.

Click Here to learn more about Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster.

Click Here for more information about the workshops with Wendy Chabot, M.D.

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6 Weeks to Healthier Sleep. Restorative sleep is one of the pillars of optimal health and well-being. Yet, 30 % of adults experience insomnia, difficulty falling or staying asleep.  Sleep medications may provide temporary relief but potential side effects include daytime drowsiness, tolerance, and rebound insomnia.

Behavioral and relaxation therapies have longer lasting beneficial effects and are considered first line therapies by sleep experts.

With 25 years experience as a primary care physician, evaluating and counseling patients with sleep difficulties, Wendy is pleased to offer 6 Weeks to Healthier Sleep.  The curriculum is founded on the evidence based “Conquering Insomnia Program” developed at Harvard and U Mass Medical Schools.

We will meet for 6 consecutive, Wednesdays at The Yoga Barn in Chilmark.  The starting date and times will be determined based upon the schedules of interested participants. $250 for 6 week series, includes reading materials. For more information and/or to enroll please call Wendy at 413 687-5510.

Click Here for a printable flyer.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Six Week Spring Session 2013

March 27, 2013 – May 1, 2013
Wednesdays 1-3 pm for 6 consecutive weeks at
The Yoga Barn, West Tisbury, Mass. (Martha’s Vineyard) 

Half-day Workshop included
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 1-5 pm

With MBSR training, we come to recognize our habitual patterns of thought and behavior, and naturally release those that do not serve us. Learn to live more fully in the present with numerous health benefits validated by medical research studies.

For more information or to register, please call Wendy at Health and Wellness Coaching, 508-687-9505. A brief pre-registration interview is required when you call to register.

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Meditation is Medicine at The Yoga Barn
Winter/Spring 2013, Ongoing
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 PM

This introductory series on meditation will meet on Wednesdays to explore various forms of meditation so that participants may find the technique they find the most enjoyable and beneficial.  Feel free to join the class regularly or on a drop-in basis.  The cost is $17 as a drop-in or $14 per class with Yoga Barn prepaid 10 class card.

The first meeting of each month Wendy will give a brief presentation highlighting the health benefits of a regular practice of meditation.  This will be followed by a 30 minute guided meditation.  The remaining Wednesdays we will explore various forms of meditation.  Please feel free to call with any questions, 413 687-5510.

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 Healthy Sleep Seminar                                                                                              Martha’s Vineyard Hospital Health Fair                                                          Saturday, March 16, 10 AM

Please visit me at the MVH Annual Health Fair from 8 AM to 12 Noon.  At 10 AM I will give a presentation on Heathy Sleep, how to improve the quality and quantity of sleep using non-medication, lifestyle and relaxation approaches.

 Healthy Sleep                                                                                                                        Edgartown Council on Aging                                                                                  Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 12:45 PM

Please join me at the Edgartown Council on Aging for a discussion of Healthy Sleep.  We will explore the mental and physical health benefits of a good night’s sleep, the changing nature of sleep as we age, lifestyle tips to improve sleep, and non-medication approaches to insomnia.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Grand Rounds Presentation
Friday, February 15, 2012, 8:30-9:30 AM
(Note this date has been changed from the original January date)

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Healing With Meditation

Chilmark Free Public Library
Wednesday, January 9, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM – Free Introduction
Wednesday, January 16, 23, 30, February 6 – Four week series 

Each week I will highlight relevant research findings on the health benefits of meditation and lead a different form of meditation at each session so participants may find the practice they find the most beneficial.  The January 9 session is open to all, the remaining sessions are limited to 30 people and pre-registration at the library is required.  Contact the Chilmark Free Public Library for more information, 413 687-5510. Read an article about this worksop in the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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Grand Rounds, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Friday, September 14, 2012, 8 AM. MVH Medical Staff Library.  I will be giving a presentation titled “Mind-Body Approaches to Mood Disorders, Stress and Chronic Pain.

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Stress & Pain:  How We Can Help Ourselves.  Learn the relationship between stress and pain and practice strategies to manage pain.  Presentation sponsored by Women Empowered, September 15, 2012, 10 AM to 12 Noon,  at the Howes House, West Tisbury, MA.  Suggested donation $15, for more information call 413 687-5510.

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Summer Sanctuary at The Yoga Barn, W. Tisbury.  Every Tuesday and Thursday ongoing, until Thursday, September 13,  3:30 to 5:00 PM.  Every Tuesday I will give a presentation on the documented health benefits of a daily practice of meditation, yoga and/or gentle breathing exercises (pranayama) . This will be followed by Q&A and a 15-20 minute guided meditation. Every Thursday we will practice a variety of different meditation techniques in 20-30 minute segments so that participants may find the technique they find most enjoyable and beneficial.  Feel free to join us for one week or every week over the summer months.  Please call me at 413 687-5510 if you would like more information.

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LifeForce Yoga: Empower Your Clients to Manage their Mood. Monday, July 30-Friday, August 3, 2012.  Cape Cod Institute, Eastham, MA.  I am delighted to assist Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapsists, at her annual offering at the Cape Cod Institute.

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Friday, December 7, 5:30-7:00 PM, I will be leading the FREE Community Class at The Yoga Barn.  Please join us to de-stress from the work week as we practice meditation, breathing exercises and gentle yoga followed by a 20 minute body scan meditation.



2 Responses to Announcements

  1. Beth Haggett says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I just wanted to introduce myself. I found your website when I was exploring. I just got the first PhD in Mind-Body Medicine in the nation this week! I’ve been working on it for the past 3.5 years. I am also a LCSW and trying to decide what direction to take this. Anyway, just wanted to say hello and inquire how your practice is going in MBM.

    Beth Haggett, MSW, LCSW, PhD

    • vineyardmindbody says:

      Hello Beth and Congratulations! I would love to hear more about you and your training. Perhaps we could set up a time to talk by phone. Wishing you joy and ease in the New Year, Wendy

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